Orchids forum: Confession time, orchids we don't really like

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Apr 4, 2010 7:14 PM CST
So there are orchids that we get tired of, that were influenced by other's excitement, that are taking too much room, that never prosper. Tell all. Which orchids haven't won your heart? Maybe folks can use this to arrange swaps through c-mail. Here's my contribution. This Grcym. Lovely Melody was so happy when it came from Hawaii but it just keeps going downhill. I grow it cold for the cym but maybe it likes it warm.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Apr 5, 2010 6:27 AM CST
I have never liked some of the oncidium xs much. I gave this Colmanara Wildcat 'Bobcat' away right after it bloomed.

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 5, 2010 7:01 AM CST

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I still have a Brassidium ( cut to size last Fall) and Mtssa Charles M Fitch 'Izumi' ( also reduced), but I really don't care for their growth habit. In my hands many of Oncidium/Miltoniopsis/Brassia/Odontoglossum hybrids grow like weeds, they get to be true real estate hogs. 'Izumi' doesn't bloom reliably every year for me, although when it finally does, it is very pretty. But in the meanwhile I have a huge green cabbage sitting there....
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Apr 5, 2010 7:26 AM CST
I don't think I could give 'Izumi' away. It blooms every 2 years. Luckily this type doesn't like it too much here and doesn't get too big!
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Apr 5, 2010 7:44 AM CST
Oh boy, Ursula, you covered some on my list. These grow on top of each other, out and literally at 90 degrees to the main plant. I like the flowers though. Now I know the rotten Easter eggs will fly in my direction, but I don't care for most art shade anythings or blue flowers. There are exceptions, just can't think of any right now. Hilarious! Also, I love certain plants and their flower form but would probably love them more if they weren't lavender.

Kathy, I like your Grcym....alot (hint). Big Grin
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Apr 5, 2010 2:22 PM CST
Kathy and Ursula, I couldn't agree more. Now I know to stay away from that Oncidium alliance......space hogs for sure...think I like the Catts and Paphs and Phals the best.
It is comforting to know I am not alone. This one little (BIG) Alliance made me question my interest in orchids....
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Apr 5, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Well, don't forget that some folks adore the Oncidiums (think Todd and Ken). It all depends on your conditions and what you fall in love with. I have many orchids from this alliance that I love. But right now I'm into miniatures (NOT! I bought floofy cattleyas today from a local seller (Dr. West)!! This will be a shock for Ursula and Fred! Pics on the April thread soon!
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Apr 5, 2010 4:09 PM CST
I love many Oncidiums too, just not the ones that grow sideways. Floofy Cattleyas, Kathy? Groan.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Apr 5, 2010 4:14 PM CST
In a moment of weakness and lust for color.....
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 5, 2010 4:31 PM CST

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I like Floofy!!
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Apr 5, 2010 4:34 PM CST
We know!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Apr 5, 2010 4:55 PM CST
you guys are hilarious Hilarious!
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Apr 5, 2010 4:58 PM CST
Just out on a day pass here. Whistling
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Apr 5, 2010 5:14 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Apr 5, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Someone should have kept me at the asylum today!
I have a fantasy of making another video with my buying shoes on and the orchids following me home like ducklings....
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Apr 5, 2010 7:02 PM CST
They tore down the Northampton State Hospital several years ago. You can't go home. Big Grin You'll just have to take your medication and see your therapist about the hoarding! Hilarious! It's Spring. None of us are coming to do an intervention. We're busy re-potting. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Apr 5, 2010 7:17 PM CST
I'm in big trouble guys.....guys..............guys????
Name: Laurel
Georgia
Maypoplaurel
Apr 5, 2010 7:21 PM CST
I'm off to bed. Got loooots of re-potting to do tomorrow. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 6, 2010 8:02 AM CST

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Ran out of time yesterday, the girls kept me busy and we still play Mahjongg on most Monday evenings.
Hoarding? Nahhhhhh
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 6, 2010 8:48 AM CST
Laurel, Hoarding???. This from the gal who's trying to buy out Andy's before Ca. falls into the ocean? Rolling on the floor laughing

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